Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Getting off on the Right Foot(ing)

Even though the homeowner is most concerned about how a new house looks and whether it will function in a practical way, the most important part of the building process happens below ground level. Right after the excavation, the footings are put in place. It's crucial that the footings are poured properly because the entire structure of the house will rest upon these concrete structures. The foundation walls themselves will sit on the footings so if something is out of line, the whole project is in jeopardy.
The footings must be able to withstand the forces of nature including temperature changes, water, and the sheer weight of the house. Get off to the right start (on the right footing) and you're more likely to have a successful building project.